Cowgirls will spend the holiday season hosting Weber, traveling to NAU.

Dec. 24, 2002

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Coming Up For the Cowgirls: The Cowgirls will host their first game after the Christmasbreak against the Weber State Wildcats, on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., following the men'sgame. They will also travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. on Jan. 31 to face the the Northern ArizonaLumberjacks.

A Recap of the Week: In their final game before theChristmas break, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-2 overall) defeated the Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-9overall), 97-75, on Sunday afternoon in Northridge, Calif.After the Matadors scored the first basket of thegame, the Cowgirls scored the next seven in a row to takea 7-2 lead. With the score 17-11 favoring Wyoming, Cal St.Northridge would go on an 8-0 run to take their first leadof the game 19-17. It was short lived as the Cowgirlsquickly regained the lead with a 14-7 run to open up oneof their largest leads of the half, 34-26. Wyomingcontinued to dominated in the final minutes of the half ofthe half by outscoring the Matadors, 11-8, to take a 45-34advantage into halftime. Wyoming was led by AshleyElliott and Lisa McCann, who finished with seven points,while Ann McColl recorded a eight rebounds. As a team,they shot 16-32 (.500) from the field and 10-13 (.769) fromthe free throw line.

It was all Cowgirls to begin the second half as theywent on a 19-10 run to open up a 20-point lead, 64-44, buta run by the Matadors allowed them to close the gamewithin 14 points. It was as close as they would get asWyoming maintained that double-digit lead for theremainder of the half as Wyoming would go on to defeatCal State Northridge by the final of 97-75.Wyoming was led by Carrie Bacon, who finished thenight with a team leading 17 points, while Ann McCollfinished with a team high eight rebounds. As a team, theyshot 35-64 (.547) from the field and 23-29 (.793) from thecharity stripe.

About Weber State: In their first game of the week,the Cowgirls will host the Weber State Wildcats, onSaturday night at 7:00 p.m., following the men's game.The Wildcats are currently 5-3 overall. They return fourstarters and eight letterwinners to a team that went 22-9overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky conference. This is the 23rdmeeting between the two schools, the series is tied at 11-11. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 6, 2000 inLaramie, as the Cowgirls won the game by a final of 71-66.Weber State is coached by Carla Taylor, who is in her 15thyear with the program and as a head coach.

About Northern Arizona: In their second game of theweek, the Cowgirls will face the Northern ArizonaLumberjacks, on Tuesday Dec. 31, in Flagstaff. TheLumberjacks are currently 5-4 overall and will play onemore game before facing the Cowgirls. They return threestarters and five letterwinners. This is the seventh meetingbetween the two schools, Wyoming leads 5-1. The lasttime the two teams met was Dec. 29, 2001, when theCowgirls defeated NAU by the final of 61-59. NorthernArizona is coached by Meg Sanders, who is in her seventhyear with the program and as a head coach. Quotes from the Head Coach:

On Texas Tech: ?To play as well as we did against a teamlike Texas Tech in the second half, and for the kids to comeout and execute the way they did, I feel we can only improveas a team,? said head coach Cindy Fisher. ?This was a greatopportunity for us to get better, especially against this kind ofcompetition, it's only going to make us a better basketballteam. There were some games in this pre-season that weknew were going to be tough, but from this point on weshould be able to take care of business. We just need to moveon from here, learn from this game and get ready for theconference.

On Mesa State: ?Mesa State did exactly what we thoughtthey would do and at this point we probably needed to goagainst a team like that,? said head coach Cindy Fisher. ?Ithought a few of our kids got tight in the early part of thegame, shots weren't falling and they got flustered a bit. Westarted to attack inside, changed our offense up and tried toget it into the post, which the kids did a good job of executing.We started out this game a little flat, but I'm proud of thekids as they continued to push through and worked very hardtonight.

Sister Act: The Cowgirls are making it a habit out offielding a family atmosphere. For the 11th consecutive year,Wyoming will have a set of sisters on the team with seniorsChassie Wiersma and Cherrith Young. They are the only set ofsisters on this years' team, as forward Carrie Bacon will flysolo this season with the departure of her sister Christy fromthe squad.

Wyoming Returns Nine Who Earned AcademicAll-Mountain West Conference Honors in 2001-02: A league high eleven Cowgirl Basketball Players werenamed Academic All-Mountain West Conference in 2001-02.Four athletes also garnered MWC Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The Cowgirl Record Watch: Senior Carrie Bacon moved into several categories duringthe 2001-02 season including points and rebounds. With 17 points in the victory againstNorthern Arizona, Bacon moved into the Top 10 in school history in scoring. She now looks tomove up in those categories this season and currently ranks seventh with 1363 career points.She also moved into ninth place in the Top 10 in rebounds with 627.

2002-03 Cowgirl Quick Notes

  • The Cowgirls return four starters, along with seven other returning letterwinners, who saw significant playing time in 2001-02. In allthe Cowgirls return 11 letterwinners, while only losing four.
  • 9 of the 11 returning letterwinners played in 15 games or more in 2001-02, which included three freshmen and one sophomore.
  • Fiveunderclassmen played a combined 95 games in 2001-02, including all 28 by true freshman Ashley Elliott.
  • The Cowgirls welcome two newcomers to this year's team, freshmen Lorissa Ewing and Michelle Taylor. A 6-2 forward fromStockton, Calif., Ewing was an Honorable Mention All-Area selection at St. Mary's High School. She was a member of the CaliforniaDivision II State Championship Team that went 33-3 overall during the 2001-02 season.
  • Senior Carrie Bacon returned to her old form last season, as she earned Second Team All-MWC honors, after averaging 13.3 pointsand 6.3 rebounds per game. Bacon also garnered Academic All-MWC, Scholar Athlete and Second Team Verizon Academic All-District VII honors during the 2001-02 season.
  • During the 2001-02 season, she also continued her climb into the Cowgirl record book as she surpassed the 1,000 point mark in hercareer in the game against Texas Pan American (12,21/01). She currently ranks eighth with 1,248.
  • She stands to move up or into several career categories, which include rebounding, steals, assists, field goals and attempts and freethrows and attempts.
  • Several other Cowgirls stand to make a jump into the record book, including senior Ann McColl in field goal percentage, freethrows and free throw attempts.
  • One other Cowgirl, Darci Arsene, earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors last year.
  • Wyoming returns three of five major statistical category leaders to the team from the 2001-02 season. Senior Carrie Bacon led theteam in points (13.3 ppg), ranking seventh in the conference, and blocks (0.4 bpg), while senior Darci Arsene paced the Cowgirls inrebounds with 6.9 per game. All three ranked among the best in the conference during the season.
  • Wyoming had a record number 11 Academic All-MWC selections in the conference this past season, which led with the mosthonorees in the conference. ( Darci Arsene, Carrie Bacon, Christy Bacon, Ashley Elliott, Sara Hippen, Lisa McCann, Ann McColl, KellyMcRee, Brenda Pickup, Chassie Wiersma, Cherrith Young). Five of those individuals, Darci Arsene, Christy Bacon, Lisa McCann, AnnMcColl, and Brenda Pickup, are all repeat selections.
  • For the 11th consecutive year, Wyoming will have a set of sisters on the team with seniors Chassie Wiersma and Cherrith Young.They are the only set of sisters on this years' team, as forward Carrie Bacon will fly solo this season with the departure of her sisterChristy from the squad.

    Mountain West Conference Heads Into ItsFourth Season: The 2002-03 Basketball season marked the third yearfor the exsistance of the Mountain West Conference. Air Force, BrighamYoung, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State and Utahjoined Wyoming in forming the conference.A record four teams teams participated in the NCAA Women's BasketballTournament, including Brigham Young who reached the Sweet 16. Theother teams included Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV.